There are many reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear. This may include a glasses-free look, hassle-free vision correction, wearing non-prescription Sun wear spectacles and goggles, or the convenience of not having to worry about misplacing your glasses. To enhance your experience with contact lenses, it’s important that you keep your lenses clean. When you property clean your contacts as often as recommended by the manufacturer, your eyes benefit greatly. With the habit of cleaning your contacts, your eyes will feel more comfortable.
5 Simple tips to clean contact lenses properly
- Before handling contact lenses, wash your hands with soap and water, then rinse and dry them with a lint-free towel.
- During cleaning, rub your contact lenses in the palm of one hand using the fingers of the other hand; then rinse each lens with solution before soaking them. This “rub and rinse” method is considered by some experts to be a superior method of cleaning, even if the solution you are using is a “no-rub” variety.
- Lens cases can be a source of contamination and infection. To prevent infection, keep the contact lens case clean and replace it regularly, at least every three months. Do not use cracked or damaged lens cases. Clean your contact lens case every time you use it with either sterile solution or hot tap water and be sure to let it air dry in between use.
- Minimize the amount of contact your lenses have with water, including removing lenses before going swimming or in a hot tub. Contact lenses should not be rinsed with or stored in water (tap or sterile water).
After your contacts are in your eyes, put on makeup so you don’t get any on your lenses. Take out contact lenses before you remove makeup for the same reason.
- If you use hair spray, use it before you put in your contacts. It’s also a good idea to keep your fingernails short and smooth to avoid damaging your lenses or scratching the eye.
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If you experience discomfort, redness, extreme light sensitivity, decreased vision, or if you have discharge on your lids, remove your contact lenses at once and call your eye doctor’s office immediately. Do not ignore these symptoms.